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Bengals News (1/22): Most improved

Who were some of the most improved Bengals from 2019?

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Quick Hits: New Bengals cornerbacks coach Steve Jackson looks to help the cornerbacks play more physical.
Rams linebacker Mike Jones famously made the stop on Tennessee wide receiver Kevin Dyson on the 1 at the gun in Atlanta, but Jackson's second career was just beginning.

Joe Burrow's teammates at the Senior Bowl give their former quarterback the highest votes of confidence heading into the draft.
The Bengals coaches, leading Ferguson's South team into Saturday's all-star game (2:30 p.m.-NFL Network), have been all over Ferguson, right? What is LSU quarterback Joe Burrow really like, right? How does Superman put on his cape and if he was a plant what plant would he be and all that psychological scouting combine 101 jazz, right?

Bengals exec on Andy Dalton: 'He's certainly not done'
Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on the latest RapSheet + Friends podcast the team has yet to make a decision on Dalton, who is still under contract for another year. But it sounds like Dalton will be the first to know if/when the Bengals commit to selecting a quarterback with the first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Bengals: 3 players who improved the most throughout 2019
The Cincinnati Bengals finished with the worst record in the league in 2019. They were 2-14 after picking up a Week 17 win over a divisional opponent in the Cleveland Browns. This earned them the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, presumably where they can land their franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow.

Bengals “certainly plan” to have A.J. Green next season
Taylor spoke to the media from the Senior Bowl on Tuesday and addressed the team’s thoughts about bringing Green back for a 10th season with the team. Taylor made it clear that the team expects to have him on hand when players get back to work.

Former Bengals star Chad Johnson skips his tryout to be an XFL kicker, per report
Johnson was supposed to be evaluated alongside a number of other prospective players Monday during the close of the revived XFL's first training camp in Houston. But the ex-Cincinnati Bengals star informed the league on Sunday, Seifert reported, that he'd changed his mind and decided against participating. After tweeting that he would give the XFL a go prior to the scheduled workout, Johnson has yet to publicly comment on his reverse of course.

2020 NFL Draft Rumors: Joe Burrow Coveted by Dolphins Amid Bengals Buzz
"Specifically, the guy who signs the checks—owner Stephen Ross—is the one who wants Burrow," Florio added. "It's unknown at this point whether coach Brian Flores and/or GM Chris Grier agree."

Around the league

Daniel Jeremiah 2020 NFL mock draft 1.0: Four QBs in top 15
The NFL has released the list of underclassmen that have been granted early entry to the 2020 NFL Draft, ushering in the official start to Mock Draft season! With 93 days until Round 1 kicks off in Las Vegas, here's my first look at how the first 32 picks of the 2020 draft class could play out.

Case Keenum: It's Haskins' 'team moving forward'
With losses mounting in 2019, Keenum's grasp on the starting reins lasted a bit longer than many thought it would with the logical thinking being why not give Haskins an opportunity to find himself in a lost season. However, when Haskins finally did get an opportunity to play, he struggled mightily. In Weeks 15-16, though, Haskins suddenly looked like a different player and flashed the promise of a future franchise QB. His season concluded early due to an ankle injury, but he completed 31-of-43 passes for 394 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions over those games.

Joe Namath 'can't imagine' Tom Brady leaving Patriots
"It's almost beyond my belief that he would go to another team under any circumstances," said Namath, via ESPN's Rich Cimini. "I can't imagine that separation. Moving out of the New England area that he's been so accustomed to, and his family, that's a hard thing, too. I don't think he'll ever leave that totally behind, I really don't."

Titans' A.J. Brown after season's end: 'We want more'
"I fell short of my goals, but that's the good thing about it," Brown said, via the team website's Jim Wyatt. "I am blessed to be able to come back next year and try again and set higher goals. I am going to set higher goals and go to work.